Driving Lessons from Sarge

Over the last couple of months while traversing the hiways and byways between the Command Post and the Grindstone, I have come to the realization that most people do NOT understand the concept of the MERGE.

Let me simplify for those that can not grasp this simple concept.  First a definition courtesy of dictionary.com

merge

verb, merged, merg⋅ing.

–verb (used with object)

1. to cause to combine or coalesce; unite.
2. to combine, blend, or unite gradually so as to blur the individuality or individual identity of: They voted to merge the two branch offices into a single unit.

–verb (used without object)

3. to become combined, united, swallowed up, or absorbed; lose identity by uniting or blending (often fol. by in or into): This stream merges into the river up ahead.
4. to combine or unite into a single enterprise, organization, body, etc.: The two firms merged last year.


Now, when it comes to merging into traffic. follow these steps.

  1. GET THE DAMN CELL PHONE OUT OF YOUR EAR!
  2. If you have the benefit of an acceleration lane, USE IT to match speeds with the traffic you wish to merge with.
  3. TURN ON YOUR DIRECTIONAL INDICATOR FOR THE DIRECTION YOU WISH TO MERGE.

I will bet my next paycheck that if you do these things, 9 out of 10 times, someone will make an adjustment for you to smoothly merge into the traffic stream.  Give it a try and see how easy it is.  Soon you too will be merging with the ease and skill of a professional.

Sarge, Out

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2 Responses to “Driving Lessons from Sarge”

  1. b Says:

    I really hope you don’t live in Arizona or Florida where retirees are driving policemen and residents crazy. I have a friend that simply cannot merge and must be driven to places that involve a freeway. She simply says ” I don’t merge!” I did have to laugh at this because, well, I am one of those people too. I tell my husband that a turn signal is for telling what what you are GOING to do not what you ARE DOING! Holy moly!!!

    b

  2. Sarge Says:

    B
    Thanks for stopping by.

    As a matter of fact, I do live in Florida and most of the people that I see with this problem is locals. I am not usually on the road at the same time as the retirees. I go to work early, and try to be home before they head to the “Early Bird” specials at the local eateries.

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